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Raphael Rosé Blend North Fork Saignée 2005

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Tasting Notes: The French term meaning, "to bleed," our Saignée is produced using the traditional methods of rosé production used in Anjou and Provence. During crushing and right before fermentation, the merlot juice is drawn off or "bled" from the vats so that just a hint of color remains. Fermented in stainless steel at 50 degrees F. to retain the bright fruity character of the merlot grape. Flavors of strawberry, cherry and guava are balanced by an underlying earthiness. A moderate alcohol content along with the elegant character of this dry rose make it the perfect compliment to summer cuisine. Our best Saignee to date. Vintage Notes: 2005 started cool and wet but by May the weather changed dramatically. From mid May until early October, the North Fork experienced the warmest and driest growing season in 60 years. Berry size was small and concentrated. Ripeness accelerated throughout the summer to a point were we were 2 weeks earlier than average. Early October rains did little more than delay harvest. Once the grapes were picked it was clear we were looking at the finest vintage since 2001. Only younger sections of our merlot vineyard are used in the Saignée and are typically harvested earlier than selections used for our red wine program. Our 2005 is slightly deeper in color compared to past vintages due to the extreme level of ripeness in the fruit and subsequent high degree of pigment in the grape skins. Technical Notes: Appellation: North Fork, Long Island Varietal: 100% Merlot Winemaker: Richard Olsen-Harbich Enologist: Paul Pontallier Aged: 100% Stainless Steel Harvest: 100% Hand Harvested on Oct. 1-16 2005 Brix: 22.5 pH: 3.5 TA: 8.5 g/L Return to Raphael Vineyards Wine List

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Color: Red
Variety: Bordeaux Blend
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Raphael:
The winemaking philosophy is based on an understanding of the cycle of nature, the climate and soil, the ripeness of the grapes and the success of time-honored techniques. Utilizing gravity flow and a natural winemaking philosophy, Raphael wines are produced sustainably, utilizing spontaneous fermentation with little fining and filtration resulting in wines that purely express our local terroir... Read more
The winemaking philosophy is based on an understanding of the cycle of nature, the climate and soil, the ripeness of the grapes and the success of time-honored techniques. Utilizing gravity flow and a natural winemaking philosophy, Raphael wines are produced sustainably, utilizing spontaneous fermentation with little fining and filtration resulting in wines that purely express our local terroir. Our goal is to produce ripe, fruit-driven wines that exhibit a marriage of depth, finesse, elegance, and balance – the flavors of the North Fork – provided first by the terroir and secondly, by the dedicated, impassioned attention of our own hands. The winery was designed by John Petrocelli who was inspired by the Italian monasteries of his ancestral home. Our production facility blends classic Mediterranean architecture with modern winemaking equipment. By building the winery 12 feet underground we are not only able to make our wines using a gentle gravity-flow method, but were able to construct a very energy efficient building using the earth’s natural 55F temperature to cool the winery in the summer and warm it in the winter. Read less

Tasting Notes: The French term meaning, "to bleed," our Saignée is produced using the traditional methods of rosé production used in Anjou and Provence. During crushing and right before fermentation, the merlot juice is drawn off or "bled" from the vats so that just a hint of color remains. Fermented in stainless steel at 50 degrees F. to retain the bright fruity character of the merlot grape. Flavors of strawberry, cherry and guava are balanced by an underlying earthiness. A moderate alcohol content along with the elegant character of this dry rose make it the perfect compliment to summer cuisine. Our best Saignee to date. Vintage Notes: 2005 started cool and wet but by May the weather changed dramatically. From mid May until early October, the North Fork experienced the warmest and driest growing season in 60 years. Berry size was small and concentrated. Ripeness accelerated throughout the summer to a point were we were 2 weeks earlier than average. Early October rains did little more than delay harvest. Once the grapes were picked it was clear we were looking at the finest vintage since 2001. Only younger sections of our merlot vineyard are used in the Saignée and are typically harvested earlier than selections used for our red wine program. Our 2005 is slightly deeper in color compared to past vintages due to the extreme level of ripeness in the fruit and subsequent high degree of pigment in the grape skins. Technical Notes: Appellation: North Fork, Long Island Varietal: 100% Merlot Winemaker: Richard Olsen-Harbich Enologist: Paul Pontallier Aged: 100% Stainless Steel Harvest: 100% Hand Harvested on Oct. 1-16 2005 Brix: 22.5 pH: 3.5 TA: 8.5 g/L Return to Raphael Vineyards Wine List

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